These days, it can be argued that Halloween is just about as much fun for the adults as it is for the kids. Yet, this holiday filled with ghouls and goblins can turn a bit too scary if the adults in charge don't take the proper measures to ensure their kids stay safe and sound. Whether it's partaking in too many sweets or not looking carefully while crossing the street, Halloween safety should be a top priority for trick or treaters of all ages. Check out these tips on how to ensure a fun but safe Halloween for everyone you love:
With obesity rates rising at a high pace, the treats of Halloween can be detrimental to everyone's waistline. Consider giving out Halloween trinkets this year instead of candy. If the kids are still determined to get a sack of candy, make sure that all candy is inspected. Any partially unwrapped candy should immediately be thrown away. "I sometimes suggest rationing off the treats, where you are allowed to enjoy one treat per day," explains Dr. Geraldine Feria, who currently works at Porter Wanatah Primary Care facility specializing in internal medicine and pediatrics.
When trick or treating, remember to not enter a house for any reason or approach dogs you are not familiar with. In fact, many follow a rule to not trick or treat at any house that doesn't have adequate lighting in the front entryway. Sergeant Michael Grennes of the Valparaiso Police Department even suggests parents refer to the state's sex offender website to become aware of the homes in the neighborhood that kids should stay away from.
Of course, half the fun of Halloween is the costumes, but there are ways to make them safe. Consider attaching reflective material to the costume to make trick or treaters more visible to drivers. When wearing a mask, make sure it is a tight-fitting one that allows one to see from all angles.
Above all, trick or treaters should travel in groups, hopefully with sufficient adult supervision! Halloween is ultimately a time for fun—just remember to stay safe!